About Us

The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of both domestic animals and wildlife found living on the New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as a result of abandonment, having become lost, or by birth to the aforementioned, and - in the case of wildlife - having become sick, injured, or displaced from their natural habitat.

We are a collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and community volunteers. Scarlet Paws has made a long-term commitment to the welfare and well-being of these animals. Following the example of animal welfare groups organized at other colleges and universities (such as Stanford, Texas A&M, Towson, and Utah State University), we endeavor to promote community awareness of their condition, and to promote, educate, and encourage responsible and timely action by the Rutgers Community and appropriate personnel, toward their care, rescue, and placement into safe and appropriate environments.

Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc is a public charity exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc are tax deductible.

News

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Scarlet Paws Kittens and Cats in Need of Homes

(8/5/2016; updated 8/23/2016) Scarlet Paws has been busy this summer rescuing many kittens on campus and in the nearby community. Now they all need homes, so we can make room for the many still in need of rescue and veterinary treatment.

Chip (right) is approximately 3 months old (please click for larger picture).

Dolly (below left) and Marty (below right) are siblings, also approximately 3 months old; (please click for larger pictures).

The kittens are all spayed and neutered; have tested Negative for FELV/FIV and for fecal parasites; and have received distemper vaccinations.

Please consider adding 1 or 2 (or more!) to your home, or share their information with a co-worker, friend or family member.

Please contact Mary Ann at 609-575-5428 anytime if you would like to know more about the kittens or meet them in person.

Dolly Marty

For those of you who are unable to adopt but would like to help the Scarlet Paws rescues, please consider donating whatever you can to their veterinary costs and fostering expenses. We accept donations of food and litter for the foster homes. Lastly, we desperately need foster homes to house and socialize the kittens still need of rescue. If you can foster, please contact us!


Sheba is still looking for a home!

Sheba Sheba

(Updated 6/20/2016) Sheba (above; click for larger pictures) is a black female cat, approximately 2 years old, found as a stray on Rutgers University's Busch campus. Sheba's foster mom describes her as shy at first, but playful and affectionate once she gets to know someone. She enjoys being petted and having her back scratched.

Update from Sheba's foster mom: Sheba has become very vocal, and she now meows and purrs! Sheba will rub up against her foster mom, and also jumps into bed to sleep with her!

Sheba has been spayed, is FIV/FeLV negative and up-to-date on shots.

Watch Sheba at play:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Sheba, please contact us!



Please open your heart for Essie!

Essie

(Updated: 3/31/2016) “ESSIE” is a young, sweet black female cat who was rescued from Rutgers' Busch Campus. Essie is cautious, but playful after she warms up to you. She is sweet and likes to head-bump! She loves to be petted, and will purr a lot and make happy squeaky noises while being petted. Essie talks to her foster mom and meows for attention! She also loves to play with toys. Essie gets along well with other cats, and seems to with dogs as well, having met and lived with a few in her previous foster homes. Essie is now one year old.

Essie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/FeLV and parasites.

Watch Essie at play:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

PLEASE OPEN UP YOUR HEART for this lovely girl! If you are interested in adopting Essie, please contact us!



READY FOR SPRING? SO ARE CASSIE AND ELLIE! Seeking a foster or permanent home!

Cassie and Ellie Cassie Ellie

(3/21/2016) Cassie and Ellie are two sisters, approximately 9 months old, who were rescued from an industrial site near campus. Cassie (top of photo at above left, and middle photo above) is very energetic and bold. She loves to chase toys, climb tower, play with a wand, and gallop across the room full speed ahead. She has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, tested negative for FiV/Feline Leukemia, and dewormed.

Ellie (bottom of photo at above left, and right photo above) has a very shy and gentle nature, and is much more cautious and reserved than her outgoing sister. We would like to place Ellie with Cassie, so she continues to develop her comfort level, and learns to trust people by observing interactions with her sister. She will play with a feather wand when invited, and lets her back and head be scratched when she comes to her food bowl to eat. Ellie needs a lot of TLC from a patient person who will take things very slowly with her; she must learn to trust you. She needs a small safe room to feel comfortable. She has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, tested negative for FiV/Feline Leukemia, and dewormed.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Cassie and Ellie, please contact spawnet@rci.rutgers.edu or 732-579-2979.



Tuxie is still looking for a foster or permanent home!

Tuxie

(7/26/2014; updated 6/21/2015) Tuxie is a large Black & White Tuxedo female rescued from College Avenue Campus in Fall 2013, who is seeking adoption or foster care. Approximately 2 years old now, Tuxie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Tuxie has been overcoming her shyness of people and now is very vocal for attention with her foster adult. She loves to be petted on her head and chin, flops down on her side to stretch happily, and is ready for the next step of being fostered or adopted by an adult who is an experienced cat socializer. She would make ideal companion for adult(s) who live in a small apartment so she can race around when she gets the "crazies" and satisfy her great curiosity, but return easily to her safe home base spot.

Tuxie loves wet food, uses her litterbox, and loves to rub her face and body while standing on her tippy-toes. Tuxie would be ideal with an experienced cat-socializer as her next foster person or permanent care-giver.

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF), and sign an adoption contract if the application is approved. Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in fostering or adopting or Tuxie, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Tuxie:

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Adoptable Scarlet Paws cats thank HarnessLife.org for their generous support!

HarnessLife.org

(3/7/2015) Alicia (below, left) and Tuxie (below, right), two cats currently available for adoption through Scarlet Paws, thank HarnessLife.org for their generous donation of a $100 spay/neuter grant!

Read more about Tuxie.

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Alicia (left) and Tuxie (right):

Alicia Tuxie